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Whether you’ve had bariatric surgery or lost weight by other methods, losing a massive amount of weight can significantly transform your body. Your skin, though, may not bounce back and reflect the new you. Having post-bariatric plastic surgery to remove loose, hanging skin can be the finishing touch to your weight loss journey and help you more fully enjoy your healthy new lifestyle.*
Dr. David Dellinger has achieved board certifications in both plastic/reconstructive and general surgery, and has extensive experience performing body contouring plastic surgery procedures over his more than 20 years in practice. At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger works with men and women in the Austin area and throughout Texas who are interested in improving their appearance with body contouring surgery.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for post-weight loss plastic surgery.
The best candidates for body contouring after weight loss are healthy men and women who have reached and maintained a healthy, goal weight and have loose, sagging skin. You may want to wait several months after having bariatric surgery or losing weight by diet and exercise to ensure that your weight has stabilized. Having body contouring surgery too early could affect results if you lose more weight.
Post-bariatric plastic surgery may be right for you if you’re bothered by the excess skin, concerned about how your clothing fits or experiencing chafing, infections or rashes because of the extra skin. You should also have realistic expectations about how body contouring after weight loss can reshape your body.
During your consultation, Dr. Dellinger will perform a physical examination and talk with you about your goals. Post-bariatric plastic surgery can be a custom combination of body contouring and breast enhancement procedures to remove the excess skin and best achieve the results you hope to see.
Your post-weight loss plastic surgery may include:
Your skin removal surgery may be performed under a local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia and may take several hours depending on your combination of procedures. After your surgery, you may have surgical drains and have to wear compression garments to help minimize swelling and support your skin.*
When you can go home and the length of your recovery can vary, though you should have a single recovery period. You may have some swelling, bruising and temporary numbness for the first week. Be sure to wear your compression garments as directed by Dr. Dellinger for the best results. You should start taking short, gentle walks around the house within the first week. You may feel up to returning to work after several days and may be able to drive after 2 to 3 weeks. You should avoid vigorous physical activities for 6 weeks.*
You should notice a change in your body right after post-bariatric plastic surgery. Your results should continue to improve with time as the swelling goes down. Your results may be long lasting if maintain a stable weight and don’t become pregnant.*
To schedule your post-bariatric plastic surgery consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.